Dental Dentures

At Sonria, we believe that wearing dentures should not prevent you from having the confidence of a natural, healthy looking smile. Working closely with our dental technician, we use high quality materials and new techniques to create natural looking dentures that fit and work comfortably.

Dentures (‘false teeth’) are removable replacement for missing teeth. They are either made of plastic or metal and are custom-made to fit well on your gums. You can either have complete dentures or partial ones. The development process generally takes between three to six weeks and several appointments to be made. The general steps to either type of dentures are to:

  • Make a series of impressions of your jaw(s) and to take measurements of how your jaws related to one another.
  • Create models in the shape and position of the denture to be made, which you will try before the final denture is cast.
  • Cast a final denture.
  • Adjustments to be made as necessary.

Complete denture kits are generally used when all your teeth are missing, and can either be “conventional”, ready for replacement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the removal of your teeth, or “immediate”. One disadvantage of immediate dentures is that bones and gums shrink overtime following the removal of teeth, especially during the healing period. Therefore immediate denatures require more adjustments to fit properly and should only be considered as a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Partial, removable dentures or bridges are used when one or more natural teeth remain in with jaw. It usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-coloured based that is connected by metal framework that hold the denture in place in the mouth. A partial denture is removable and is a more natural-looking appliance.

Well-design dentures should stay firmly in place and fit your gums comfortably. However, as previously mentioned, due to changes in your mouth overtime, dentures may become loose or start slipping. If this happens, please consult one of our dentists.

They should be cleaned twice a day. You can either brush them with a denture brush and toothpaste or a soft nailbrush and soap. It is also recommended to soak them regularly in a special cleaning solution. With complete dentures, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled brush. This will help to remove plaque and help the circulation in your mouth. With partial versions, it is more important to maintain good oral health. Brush your teeth thoroughly every day as this will help stop tooth decay and gum disease.

Alternative options are dental implants. Although the colour of implants is usually treated, they closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Please consult one of our dentists to ensure your suitability for treatment.

Please consider our dental implants service as an alternative.

Frequently asked questions:

How soon after extractions can I have my dentures fitted?

Immediate dentures can be fitted on the day of the extractions. However, these immediate dentures will need modifying, re-lining or replacing within the first 6 months due to the changes that will take place in your gums after extraction. Your dentist will be able to advise you further.

How long will it take to get accustomed to my new dentures?

Some people will get used to them very quickly while for others it will take a little longer. It is often helpful to use a denture fixative for the first few weeks.

Will my new dentures stay in position?

Well-designed dentures should stay firmly in place and fit your gums comfortably. However, due to the changes in your mouth over time dentures may become loose or start slipping. If this happens you should consult your dentist. A fixative cream can be used to hold the dentures in place but not for an extended period of time.

How should I clean my new dentures?

You should clean your dentures twice a day and will need to remove your dentures before cleaning. You can either brush them with a denture brush and toothpaste or a soft nail brush and soap. It is also recommended to soak them regularly in a special cleaning solution.

Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled brush. This removes plaque and helps the circulation in your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to you losing more of your teeth.

As your local cosmetic dentist central London we are here to answer your questions and advise you on all the options so please do get in touch.